Silver Screen Queens 316: X-Men: Dark Phoenix

Published 12 June 2019 • 40 minutes, 10 seconds

It’s the X-Men movie you forgot was happening! The younger generation of mutants re-tell the story of Jean Grey’s metamorphosis into Dark Phoenix. Sophie Turner, aka Sansa Stark, is in the title role, but the franchise also features the not-insignificant talents of James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Jessica Chastain and Jennifer “I would like for my contract to be done now” Lawrence. It sure is another film in the X-men franchise!

Silver Screen Queens 315: Rocketman

Published 5 June 2019 • 1 hour, 1 minute

Hot on the heels of the mega-hit Bohemian Rhapsody, Elton John gets the movie musical treatment from uncredited Rhapsody (co-)director Dexter Fletcher and hot Welsh double threat Taron Egerton. Unlike that film, Rocketman takes a more fantastical approach, crafting a good old fashioned musical from Elton’s wonderful back catalogue. Unusually for a biopic, it also benefits from the involvement of its subject, who is not afraid to share the less filmic aspects of his life.

Independence 54: Feature Planning

Published 4 June 2019 • 30 minutes, 22 seconds

Often, it can be very tempting to come up with an idea, and just start building it right away. While this can feel like the right path, often it’s actually better in the long-term to spend time thinking about a feature, and figuring out what it is first. Alice, Curtis and Jelly discuss their approaches to planning features, what constraints they place on themselves, and the steps you should be taking before opening Xcode.

Silver Screen Queens 314: Aladdin (2019)

Published 29 May 2019 • 43 minutes, 8 seconds

Disney continues its “let’s re-make our beloved animated properties as live action” cash grab with Guy Ritchie’s take on the 1992 classic. Will Smith takes on Genie duties, joined by sweet newcomers Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott as Aladdin and Jasmine.

Silver Screen Queens 313: John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

Published 22 May 2019 • 45 minutes, 48 seconds

After a surprise hit, John Wick got a sequel. Now it’s become a franchise, and you know what that means: bigger names, bigger fights and a bigger universe. We process our feelings about this.

Independence 53: Ask Us Anything (2019)

Published 21 May 2019 • 41 minutes, 24 seconds

Independence is two years old, and our intrepid hosts once again answer questions fielded by listeners. Finally, answers to the important questions, such as their thoughts on growth hacking, tips for getting the most out of WWDC, and what they wanted to be when they grew up.

Silver Screen Queens 311: Long Shot

Published 8 May 2019 • 50 minutes, 53 seconds

Charlize Theron continues to dominate everything she turns her hand to, starring in this romantic comedy with Seth Rogen. Theron plays a high-ranking politician planning to run for President, and Rogen is the idealistic journalist she brings on to punch up her speeches. We laugh. A lot.

Independence 52: Accessibility

Published 7 May 2019 • 31 minutes, 9 seconds

Accessibility is something that is often overlooked in the tech industry, and the very scope of it can be daunting. Alice certainly feels like she’s dropped the ball on considering the accessibility needs of her users, so she enlists Curtis and Jelly and together they discuss their inspirations, how they approach accessibility in their apps, and where you can find resources on accessibility.

Silver Screen Queens 310: Avengers: Endgame

Published 1 May 2019 • 1 hour, 23 minutes

It’s here! The most anticipated finale in history. Who lives, who dies, who tells the story? No spoilers for the first five minutes of the podcast (see the chapter markers), followed by 80 minutes of intense discussion, and more than a few disagreements.